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Editor:

I attended the Veterans Day ceremonies aboard the USS Hornet and, as a veteran myself, was deeply touched by the stories of the World War II veterans the aircraft carrier chose to honor.

There was something missing, though. I looked around the Hornet to see if I could see the mayor or any members of the City Council, or maybe our city manager or some of his staff. I admit I don’t know every face in city government, but I don’t think I saw anyone connected to the city aboard the Hornet.

I took part in the wreath ceremony on the stern, throwing my own flower overboard to remember my friends who gave their lives in Viet Nam and to recall my father, who, like the men the Hornet was honoring, served in World War II.

I was curious whether the city of Alameda was doing anything to remember all its veterans so I drove by City Hall and saw nothing, absolutely nothing. I guess the mayor and City Councilmembers are out shopping at Target or the new Michael’s down on Alameda Landing.

As I drove up Park Street on the way home I noticed all the people enjoying just another day off. As a veteran I have just one thing to say to all of you: "You’re welcome."

Peter Johnson

Editor:

On behalf of Alameda Recreation & Park Department and the Alameda Youth Committee, we would like to thank the following local businesses and organizations for their recent support of the 11th Annual Teen Haunted House held Oct. 24 through 26.

A big thanks goes out to our three event sponsors: Alameda County Industries, Alameda Friends of the Parks Foundation and South Shore Center. We would also like to thank Pagano’s Hardware Mart, Trader Joe’s and Bed Bath & Beyond for their product donations.

Finally, we would like to thank all the visitors who came to support the hard work that our local teens put into making this event a huge success. We look forward to scaring you again in 2015.

Christina Bailey, Recreation Services Specialist

Editor:

I was pleased to see the Del Monte project placed on hold by the Planning Board. Clearly the parking plan was not thought through.
Under the current plan there is insufficient parking for the 400-plus residential units and 30,000 square feet of retail space.

The two proposed solutions are to lease/purchase parking spaces as none come with the purchase of the homes or businesses or charge each resident and business an annual fee for bus passes and shuttle. Both these solutions hand the developer, Tim Lewis Community (TLC) more money, but neither solves the parking problem.

Parking is a huge concern to current residents of the neighborhood because we fear that rather than purchasing additional parking spaces for multiple cars, the new residents will park on the streets where parking is already an issue because of Littlejohn Park.

City Planner Andrew Thomas is pushing the development. He has said that if parking becomes an issue as the property is developed, then city officials could offset the problem by issuing parking permits.

Great! After living here for 40 years I’m going to have to get a permit to park my car in front of my house, so that TLC can increase its profit margin. The tax payers are going to finance this new parking permit department and the parking patrol to enforce it.

This is an island. There are a limited number of ways to leave in an emergency. The solution to the parking problem at Del Monte should be to build fewer units and provide more onsite parking to the new residents, not to inconvenience the existing neighborhood.

Nowhere else on the island are parking permits required. I believe Mayor Marie Gilmore and the City Councilmembers were not elected because of their overzealous development projects, just like the Crown Point development. This project was not thought through.

Mickey Neill

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